Bay Area Health Psychology  
Lawrence Feinstein, PhD

Dr. Feinstein is a licensed clinical psychologist with licenses in California (PSY25675), Illinois (071-009052), and Florida (PY11748). He specializes in behavioral medicine and health psychology. His approach to treatment is goal-oriented, evidence-based Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) with a focus on skills development. He is an In-Network provider for several insurance payers including Medicare, Cigna, Beacon/ValueOptions, and MHN. His expertise includes the following conditions and medical concerns:

  • Depression and Bipolar Disorder
  • Anxiety, Panic Attack, and Phobias
  • Couples Counseling
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Anger and Emotional Management
  • Social Skills: Making and keeping friends, dating
  • Weight Loss and Long-term Maintenance
  • Health Lifestyle Behaviors
    • Sleep problems
    • Stress reduction
    • Medication and regimen adherence
    • Diet and physical activity
  • Medical Disorders: Management and Coping
    • Diabetes (IDDM and NIDDM, adults and teens)
    • Cardiovascular health (post-MI recovery, weight management, hypertension)
    • Asthma
    • Cancer
    • Stroke Recovery
    • Progression of aging: Dementia, memory loss, and Alzheimer's Disease

Education and Training

Dr. Feinstein received his PhD in health psychology from UCLA in 1988. He conducted his doctoral dissertation research at the Diabetes Outpatient Training and Education Center (DOTEC) at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, working with patients with Type II diabetes, and their spouses. He also received postdoctoral training in family therapy at the Department of Psychiatry at U.C. Irvine Medical Center. Dr. Feinstein was first in private practice in 1991 in Temecula CA (license PSY12025) where he co-founded and directed a health education and behavioral health group practice center. The center featured the HMR® Weight Loss and Health Management program (Health Management Resources as one of several health education programs alongside a diabetes education program and support group that won "Best Support Group of the Year" in 1993 from Riverside County American Diabetes Association.

Current Professional Affiliations

  • California Psychological Association

Corporate Executive in Program Development and Advanced Analytics

In addition to private practice, Dr. Feinstein currently directs the intervention component of the SafeUseNow program as VP of Clinical Programs for Principled Strategies, Inc. SafeUseNow is a program that identifies and stratifies prescribers by level of risk in prescribing controlled drugs (e.g., opioids), and provides resources and education to prescribers to increase patient safety by improving patient safety.

Prior to his working at Principled Strategies, Dr. Feinstein served as VP and SVP of Product Development at United Behavioral Health (Optum, United Healthcare) in San Francisco. He contributed to the improvement of existing programs for depression management, post-bariatric surgery support, and co-morbid medical and behavioral conditions; and assisted in introducing new programs for autism and metabolic syndrome.

Before coming to UBH, Dr. Feinstein worked as a Solutions Director for Fair Isaac Corporation in San Diego and San Rafael (FICO). At Fair Isaac, he expanded the healthcare division to offer advanced analytic services for pharmaceutical manufacturers, disease management companies, and hospitals. He led the initial efforts to develop a patient Medication Adherence risk score to predict the risk of non-adherence at the time a patient receives a new prescription. The product, now available from Fair Isaac, enables care managers to identify and preemptively intervene with patients who require additional support to maintain adherence, one of the primary factors impacting health costs and clinical outcomes.

Behavioral Health Software Product Development

Dr. Feinstein served as a product manager and behavioral health managed care domain expert at Askesis Development Group (ADG), a software company that provides applications for managed care and community mental health centers, and later served as VP of Products at Hippocrates Gate (HG), a behavioral health software company in Pasadena CA. At HG, he designed and managed the development of AccessHSI, a software application that enables clinicians to rapidly record the clinical status of patients in digital format, and generate a full narrative report with suggested Level of Care based on current medical necessity guidelines of the major managed care companies. The application enables providers and payers to reduce by 80% the time spent on case reviews for authorization, and reduces managed care denials received by provider facilities by 95%.

With his expertise in the areas of clinical psychology, program development and measurement, transaction data and analytics, managed care, software, and business management, Dr. Feinstein provides consultation services to payers and plans, provider organizations, disease management companies, and behavioral health practice groups and clinicians.



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